7 April 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Another dark morning + rain up till midday after which it faired + at last the sun came out, the first time for nearly a fortnight. Was called up at 4 a.m. for Mrs R Walker1, Hill Street, but it was a false alarm. Got back to bed at 5.15. Saw a dozen cases walking, including Netty Mackay2, Ettrickhaugh Road + was at accounts the rest of the day except going down to Mavisbank. H. [Helen] went with the Wellwoods3 to the P. to P. [point to point] races at Netheraw4 + at night I went with H. + Mrs Mackintosh5 to a concert in the Union Hall got up by Mellalieu6 to raise money for the Musical Association. Heard of the death of Charlie McGilchrist7.

1 There was a Jane Watt Walker as Tenant Occupier at 5 Hill Street, 1918 Valuation Roll and a Richard Walker as Tenant at the same, 1919 and 1920 Valuation Rolls

2 James Mackay, millworker, was at 1 Ettrickhaugh Road, 1920 Valuation Roll; perhaps the same James who married Margaret Thomson in Selkirk, 1914

3 John ‘Jack’ Roberts junior (1876-1966), Agnes Amelia ‘Nancy’ Roberts née Muir (1878-1948) and their children Andrina Barbara Henderson ‘Barbara’ Roberts, later Thwigg (1902-1996), John Stewart ‘Jock’ Roberts (1904-1950), Louisa Jane Roberts (1906-1982), Stewart Muir ‘Little Stewart’ Roberts (1908-2003) and George Edward ‘Tim’ Roberts (1911-2005)

4 Assume Netherraw, north of Newcastleton, grid reference NGR NY506,939

5 Agnes Mackintosh, née Watson, formerly Harper (1859-1946), of Elm Park, Selkirk

6 William Norman Mellalieu (1887-1952), music teacher and organist

7 Charles Robert Bryden McGilchrist died June Quarter 1920, aged 66 [Birkenhead Registration District 8a 621]; he and Jessie Turnbull had married in May 1880 at Spittal on Rule, Roxburghshire at which time his address was recorded as Higher Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire – he was the author of ‘Birkhill. A Reminiscence by a Liverpool Merchant’, John Lewis, Selkirk, 1899 and son of the Reverend John McGilchrist (about 1797-1858), minister of the United Presbyterian Church and Eliza McGilchrist nee Gray – he was born in South Leith thus his connection with Dr Muir may be via Leith and his father, or Selkirk and Roxburghshire, or even both

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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